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prairie schooner

a type of covered wagon, similar to but smaller than the Conestoga wagon, used by pioneers in crossing the prairies and plains of North America.
Origin of prairie schooner
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A covered wagon, of the prairie-schooner type, was drawn up at the foot of the rise.

    A Prairie Infanta Eva Wilder Brodhead
  • Existence is only a prairie-schooner, and we have to accommodate ourselves to it.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • They had got hold of a canvas-covered wagon, of the type of the old "prairie-schooner."

    They Call Me Carpenter Upton Sinclair
  • If they went at all it was in a prairie-schooner or on horseback.

    The Strength of the Pines Edison Marshall
  • Then he strode away and proceeded to dress on the other side of the prairie-schooner, without so much as a second look at us.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • His voice was the voice which had greeted her first from the steps of the prairie-schooner in which Lola's mother lay dead.

    A Prairie Infanta Eva Wilder Brodhead
  • On the back of one of these lots stood a tumble-down wooden building, and hidden away in this building was the prairie-schooner.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for prairie-schooner

prairie schooner

(mainly US) a horse-drawn covered wagon similar to but smaller than a Conestoga wagon, used in the 19th century to cross the prairies of North America
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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